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Pakistani officials say 48 police trainees killed in attack
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a police training center late Monday in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said....

Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with Pope Francis as the Vatican took a more active role trying to defuse a tense political standoff in the South American nation....

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products....

Iraqis press toward Mosul, face questions about airstrike
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces fought their way inside two villages Monday as they crept closer to Mosul a week into an offensive to retake the Islamic State-held city, but they also faced questions over a suspected airstrike on a mosque that killed 13 people....

Iraqis on edge of Mosul face a deadly dilemma: Stay or flee
QAYARA, Iraq (AP) -- Bayda Muhammad Khalaf followed the government's advice to stay in her home with her husband and seven children as Iraqi troops advanced near their remote village outside militant-held Mosul. But after the Islamic State fighters fled and Iraqi troops didn't appear, their tiny supply of food quickly ran out, and the family had to flee to search for territory firmly under government control....

In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia - a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad - said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts....

France moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift camp
CALAIS, France (AP) -- France began the mass evacuation Monday of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle," a mammoth project to erase the humanitarian blight on its northern border, where thousands fleeing war or poverty have lived in squalor, most hoping to sneak into Britain....

Group: Russia, Saudi don't belong on UN human rights council
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The candidacies of Saudi Arabia and Russia for the U.N.'s top human rights body are compromised by their actions in Yemen and Syria respectively, where they have been accused of unlawful attacks on civilians, a prominent rights group said Tuesday....

Former Uruguayan President Jorge Batlle dies at 88
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Former President Jorge Batlle, an extroverted and irreverent politician who was a force in Uruguayan politics for half a century and led it during one of its worst economic recessions, died on Monday. He was 88....

South African opposition says ICC withdrawal is illegal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's main opposition party on Monday tried to block a government plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, saying the move is illegal and that the country's top court should intervene....

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